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KUMB Awards XIII: 09/10 Season

Results Announced: Sunday, 16th May 2010

There were no less than eleven categories to vote in this year, KUMB.com's thirteenth annual poll.



KUMB.com PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1. SCOTT PARKER (97.1%)
2. JULIEN FAUBERT (0.9%)
3. ROBERT GREEN (0.8%)

Scott Parker becomes the first player to win this category twice since we started in 1997 - and he does so with an absolute landslide following an excellent season in which he stood head and shoulders above the rest of the squad. Last year the 29-year-old narrowly pipped Matthew Upson and Rob Green but this year only a handful of voters picked someone else. Julien Faubert, whose days at the club looked numbered this time last year overcame personal tragedy to put in a good season at right back whilst England World Cup front-runner Rob Green once again comes in third.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Scott Parker; 2007/08 Robert Green; 2006/07 Carlos Tevez; 2005/06 Danny Gabbidon; 2004/05 Teddy Sheringham; 2003/04 Matthew Etherington; 2002/03 Joe Cole; 2001/02 Sebastien Schemmel; 2000/01 Stuart Pearce; 1999/2000 Paolo Di Canio; 1998/99 Steve Lomas; 1997/98 John Hartson.


YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR


1. ZAVON HINES (31%)
2. JAMES TOMKINS (21.2%)
3. JACK COLLISON (16%)

It was a case of what could have been for this year's deserving winner Zavon Hines. Having showed signs of his undoubted ability during the pre-season tour of China the England under-21 hit the back pages following a stunning display against Liverpool in which he humiliated England new boy Jamie Carragher, before proving match-winner against Aston Villa. Then disaster struck; an injury sustained against Man Utd at the end of 2009 led to him missing the rest of the season through injury. Here's hoping he'll be back early next season. James Tomkins, despite some inconsistent end-of-season outings gets the nod as runner-up for his overall contribution this term, whilst Jack Collison - last years' winner and another still on the injury list - wraps up third, narrowly pipping Junior Stanislas and Fabio Daprela.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Jack Collison; 2007/08 Mark Noble; 2006/07 Mark Noble; 2005/06 Nigel Reo-Coker; 2004/05 Mark Noble; 2003/04 Chris Cohen; 2002/03 Glenn Johnson; 2001/02 Jermain Defoe; 2000/01 Michael Carrick; 1999/2000 Michael Carrick; 1998/99 Rio Ferdinand/Frank Lampard; 1997/98 Rio Ferdinand.


GOAL OF THE SEASON


1. SCOTT PARKER V WIGAN, 24th April (46.2%)
2. CARLTON COLE V TOTTENHAM, 23rd August (16.6%)
3. ILAN V EVERTON, 4th April (15.8%)

Poor old Wigan. Last year Carlton Cole's perfect team goal at the DW won this category and this year it's Scott Parker's aforementioned-effort against the Latics at the Boleyn. Picking up the ball inside the Wigan half, Parker set off towards the opposition goal before unleashing an unstoppable drive from some 25 yards. It was quite important too, as previously noted. Carlton Cole's absolute belter against Tottenham narrowly pips Ilan's flying header at Goodison into third. For the record, Scott Parker's goal at Stamford Bridge - which was named GotS by the club - came fourth.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Carlton Cole v Wigan (a); 2007/08 Dean Ashton v Man Utd (a); 2006/07 Mark Noble v Bolton (h); 2005/06 Anton Ferdinand v Fulham (h); 2004/05 Bobby Zamora v Ipswich (a); 2003/04 Jon Harley v Sheffield Utd (a); 2002/03 Paolo Di Canio v Chelsea (h); 2001/02 Trevor Sinclair v Derby (h); 2000/01 Paolo Di Canio v Manchester United (a); 1999/2000 Paolo Di Canio v Wimbledon (h); 1998/99 Stan Lazaridis v Newcastle (a);1997/98 John Hartson v Aston Villa (h).


BEST SIGNING


1. ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI (38.9%)
2. GUILLERMO FRANCO (25%)
3. ILAN (15.8%)

He enthralled and enfuriated in equal measure but you voted Alessandro Diamanti as your best signing of the season by some distance (making the number 32 something of a lucky omen following Carlos Tevez's win in this category three years ago). In second, The General showed that not all over-30s are just out for a last payday with a great season which will hopefully end with an equally positive experience in South Africa this summer. Completing our three for 09/10 is January signing Ilan, whose vital goals in the final weeks of the season were duly recognised.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Valon Behrami; 2007/08 Scott Parker; 2006/07 Carlos Tevez; 2005/06 Yossi Benayoun; 2004/05 Teddy Sheringham; 2003/04 Matthew Etherington; 2002/03 Rufus Brevett; 2001/02 Sebastien Schemmel; 2000/01 Frederic Kanoute; 1999/2000 Igor Stimac; 1998/99 Trevor Sinclair; 1997/98 Eyal Berkovic.


MOST IMPROVED PLAYER


1. JULIEN FAUBERT (64.2%)
2. MANUEL DA COSTA (6.8%)
3. CARLTON COLE (4.7%)

When the formerly flying Frenchman was spotted snoozing on the bench at Real Madrid this time last year few would have predicted that he would ever win his place in West Ham's first team squad back; indeed, his days at the club looked numbered. But having fought back against his critics - and having won over the Boleyn crowd, with whom he developed a greater affinity following the sad death of his mother - Faubert went on to enjoy a solid season at right back whilst adding an occasionally potent attacking threat. Some way behind was Gianfranco Zola's penultimate signing, Manuel Da Costa, who ended the season well after a few shaky early performances whilst last year's winner Carlton Cole (who technically should be some kind of 'super-player' by now) completes the trio.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Carlton Cole; 2007/08 George McCartney; 2006/07 James Collins; 2005/06 Marlon Harewood; 2004/05 Anton Ferdinand; 2003/04 Stephen Bywater; 2002/03 Glen Johnson; 2001/02 Christian Dailly; 2000/01 Michael Carrick; 1999/2000 Marc-Vivien Foe; 1998/99 Frank Lampard; 1997/98 Frank Lampard.


MOST MEMORABLE MATCH


1. WEST HAM UTD 3 WIGAN 2, 24th April (35.4%)
2. WEST HAM UTD 3 MILLWALL 1, 25th September (20.9%)
3. EVERTON 2 WEST HAM UTD 2, 4th April (12.8%)

The emotion bottled up by a season fraught with worry was released, en-masse, the moment super Scotty Parker smashed home the 75th-minute goal that would ensure our Premier League survival. Any other season but this and the eventful return of the Old Foe and the repercussions of that night may have gathered more votes, whilst the equally-important point at Everton - which kick-started our late revival - gathered enough votes to sneak third.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Portsmouth 4-1 (a); 2007/08 Man Utd 2-1 (h); 2006/07 Man Utd 1-0 (a) 14/05/07; 2005/06 Liverpool/FA Cup Final (n) 13/05/06; 2004/05 Ipswich 2-0 (a) 18/05/06; 2003/04 Ipswich 2-0 (h); 2002/03 Chelsea 1-0 (h); 2001/02 Man Utd 1-0 (a); 2000/01 Man Utd 1-0 (a); 1999/2000 Arsenal 2-1 (h); 1998/99 Palace 4-1 (h)/Barnsley 6-0 (h); 1997/98 Tottenham 4-3 (h).


WORST PLAYER OF THE SEASON


1. JONATHAN SPECTOR (32.8%)
2. MIDO (25.1%)
3. KIERON DYER (9.6%)

Thrust into unfamiliar territory at left back - having played his entire career on the other side - this year's winner, Jon Spector, became the latest target of the Boleyn boo-boys as the season dragged on. Whether his performances were further hindered by his poor standing amongst the fans is open for debate but it became clear that he was becoming further unsettled by continuing to play out of position. His reward was to end the season on the bench. Mido made big noises about getting back to his best and only being paid 1,000 a week - ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Dyer, in third, should perhaps have been made exempt on the basis that you had to actually 'play' to feature in this category.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Diego Tristan; 2007/08 Luis Boa Morte; 2006/07 Nigel Quashie; 2005/06 No award; 2004/05 Don Hutchison; 2003/04 Wayne Quinn; 2002/03 Gary Breen; 2001/02 Titi Camara; 2000/01 Titi Camara; 1999/2000 Neil Ruddock; 1998/99 Iain Dowie/Andy Impey; 1997/98 Iain Dowie.


WORST SIGNING OF THE SEASON


1. BENNI McCARTHY (46.6%)
2. MIDO (28.2%)
3. LUIS JIMENEZ (20.6%)

McCarthy, we were told, was hungry for success at West Ham. You can insert your own punchline right there. No goals, not a single 90-minute performance and a waistline Mido would be proud of. Speaking of which... your runner-up in the Worst Player category also takes silver here for an equally astounding lack of effort. Scott Duxbury said Franco Zola wanted to build a team around third-placed Jimenez, which was just as well as the Chilean contributed the grand sum of naff all before we sent him packing halfway through his season-long loan spell.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Diego Tristan; 2007/08 Henri Camara; 2006/07 Matthew Upson; 2005/06 No award; 2004/05 Mauricio Tarrico; 2003/04 Wayne Quinn; 2002/03 Gary Breen; 2001/02 Ragnvald Soma; 2000/01 Titi Camara; 1999/2000 Sasa Ilic; 1998/99 Andy Impey; 1997/98 Ian Pearce.


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT


1. DEAN ASHTON'S RETIREMENT (33.4%)
2. BEING INVOLVED IN A SEASON-LONG RELEGATION SCRAP (26.3%)
3. THE BOARD'S TREATMENT OF GIANFRANCO ZOLA (12%)

Although we all knew it was coming, the final confirmation of Dean Ashton's premature retirement from professional football due to a persistent ankle problem was a real choker - not just for what he gave to and promised West Ham, but also to England whose attack he may well have been spearheading in South Africa this summer. Good luck, Deano. The stress of a grubby season-long affair with the Premier League's relegation zone was too much for around a quarter of voters, whilst the recent sacking of Gianfranco Zola - and the circumstances surrounding it - rankled sufficiently to grab third spot.

Previous Winners
2008/09 The Lord Griffiths ruling in favour of Sheffield Utd; 2007/08 The injury situation; 2006/07 Failing to build on the previous season's success; 2005/06 The FA Cup Final; 2004/05 Booing players; 2003/04 Millwall away; 2002/03 Relegation; 2001/02 Chelsea FA Cup defeat; 2000/01 Spurs FA Cup defeat; 1999/2000 Mannygate.


MOST MISSED


1. DEAN ASHTON (45.7%)
2. JAMES COLLINS (38.8%)
3. LUCAS NEILL (13%)

There were three outstanding candidates for our newest category and Dean Ashton, whose contributions have been sadly missed in the last 18 months just about pipped James Collins, sold to Aston Villa on the final day of last summer's transfer window to the number one spot. Despite Julien Faubert's decent season at right back Lucas Neill was also missed by many, perhaps as much for his role as a leader as for his actual footballing ability.

Previous Winners
None.


HACKETT OF THE YEAR


1. EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN (19.1%)
2. JOHN TERRY (18.7%)
3. HARRY REDKNAPP (16.6%)

The Icelandic striker wins the dubious honour of becoming the first player to win the Keith Hackett memorial award thanks to having a week in London at West Ham's expense back in January before legging it up the road and signing for Tottenham. As if the cod thieves hadn't given us enough grief already. Moving on, an appearance at Tony Carr's testimonial in West Ham colours failed to change the mind of those undisposed to the Chelsea captain whilst that old rogue, good old 'Arry, continued to make friends and impress people by joining Tottenham.

Previous Winners
2008/09 Lord Griffiths; 2007/08 Kevin McCabe; 2006/07 Dave Whelan (Wigan).

That's that for another year; thank you once again to all of our readers who voted in this year's poll and for your continued support of KUMB.com.